Wednesday, December 03, 2003

More on Franks

And then there's Laurence Tribe's take on the Franks' interview. From the Financial Times:
In a rambling answer to a question about whether George W. Bush misled the US about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Franks says he fears an attack on the US or the west could "cause our own population to question our own Constitution and begin to militarise our country to avoid a repeat of another mass-casualty-producing event".

Does such a suggestion cross the line separating military from political leadership? Lawrence Tribe, the constitutional scholar at Harvard, says no. Tribe tells Observer that Franks is actually in line with speculation that another terror attack could make "the overreaction we've already witnessed in the application of the Patriot Act" look like "only a down-payment."


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